Idling

Try and avoid idling your vehicle. Idling is not always necessary, long-term it damages your engine, it wastes fuel and money, and compared to a moving vehicle it releases twice as many exhaust fumes into the air: air that even the driver has to breathe.

  • No more than 30 seconds of idling is required to circulate oil through your engine. Of course make sure your windows are free of snow and ice.
  • Idling does not warm up bearings, tires or suspension.
  • More than 10 seconds of idling uses more fuel than restarting the engine.
  • When idling, your engine does not operate at peak temperature, fuel does not combust cleanly and fuel residue can build up damaging engine parts.
  • Restarting your vehicle, as an alternative to idling, has little impact on the life of engine components.
  • Sitting in an idling vehicle means you are breathing in more of the dirty exhaust that leaks into the cabin. If parked and waiting it is healthier to turn off the vehicle and go inside the store or building.
  • Modern diesel engines do not need to be idled, if they are well maintained they are not ‘hard to start’.
  • Check out the Provincial Idle Reduction Initiative

Did you know?

  • During the winter, Canadians idle their vehicles for a combined total of 75 million minutes a day: an enormous waste of fuel and money.